Serpentine’s Avatar Art Show Mixes Virtual And Sensory Stimulation
CGI artist Ed Atkins creates complex and nightmarish environments populated by computer animation.
CGI artist Ed Atkins works mainly with high definition video and text in his quest to subvert the conventions of moving image and literature. He has exhibited his work internationally in cities including Zurich, New York, Dublin, and London. For his latest, which is also his largest solo exhibition in a UK public institution, he has transformed the Serpentine Sackler Gallery into a submersive environment of sounds, bodies and spaces.
The installation is centered around an augmented and extended version of his new multi-screen video work ‘Ribbons.’. Presented on large projection screens, it features a digitally created avatar called Dave who talks, drinks, smokes and sings. Atkins mapped his own features to develop the male character and has covered his virtual skin in various doodles and scrawled phrases.